Chief Diversity Officer's Message

Valerie J. Hampton, chief diversity officer

Nov. 15, 2016

Dear Binghamton University Community,

In the wake of this presidential election featuring an unprecedented amount of threatening language directed at women, people of color, Muslims, immigrants, as well as the LGBTQ community, many members of our campus community have indicated that they feel vulnerable and insecure.

One of Binghamton University’s greatest strengths is its diversity, which creates a rich environment for faculty to teach and students to learn. Over the past five years, we have been working hard to make Binghamton even more diverse and to assure that all members of the campus community feel welcome, valued and included, regardless of race, nationality, religion, gender, sexual orientation, dis/ability or immigration status. We must redouble our efforts to ensure that we become an even more welcoming, safe and secure place for all members of our community.

As a University community, we are committed to pursuing knowledge and truth through robust debate and the free exchange of ideas. This requires an environment characterized by civility, mutual respect and kindness. Even — indeed, especially — when we disagree, we must honor these values and treat each other accordingly.

We will strive to assure that Binghamton University remains a safe, inclusive, welcoming community. As part of this mission, we provide a number of resources to serve the needs of any member of our community who feels threatened or insecure. These include:

  • Office of the President: president@binghamton.edu, 607-777-2131
  • Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: odei@binghamton.edu, LSG-548, 607-777-4775
  • Office of the Dean of Students, dos@binghamton.edu, University Union West, Room 205, 607-777-2804
  • LGBTQ Center: binghamton.edu/lgbtq, LSG-549, 607-777-4775
  • University Counseling Services: Old O’Connor, Room 264, 607-777-2772
  • International Student and Scholars Services: isss@binghamton.edu, 607-777-2510
  • Services for Students with Disabilities: ssd@binghamton.edu, University Union, Room 119, 607-777-2686
  • Office of the Provost: provost@binghamton.edu, Couper Administration Building, Room 705, 607-777-2141
  • Employee Assistance Program: eap@binghamton.edu, 607-777-6655
  • Multicultural Resource Center: mrc@binghamton.edu, Nelson A Rockefeller Center, Room 151, 607-777-4472
  • University Police: police@binghamton.edu, Couper Administration Building, Room G35, 607-777-2393

In closing, know that those of you who are feeling fearful are not alone. This is a trying time in our nation’s history with consequences that will undoubtedly impact our campus. But we will do everything in our power to assure that you are a safe and valued member of our community.

Sincerely,
Valerie Hampton
Chief Diversity Officer

Harvey Stenger
President

Donald Nieman
Executive Vice President and Provost

Last Updated: 11/15/16